Everywhere we look there are wondrously mystifying patterns.
But patterns we might not think about are those that are formed in long terms. Astronomical terms!
“A Little Book of Coincidence in the Solar System”, by theorist John Martineau, is a fascinating look at how the movements of the planets, and the math behind it, over time begin to create beautiful natural patterns and shapes that have eluded most of us!
And what amazing formations appear once you begin to look!
You feel smart just opening this book! Even at 58 pages, this little book is truly packed with golden nuggets of eye-opening information and we were amazed at how much we learned. Along with each section are beautiful black and white illustrations that evoke the mystery and wonder that is being described.
Did you know that some planets that orbit along side each other form patterns in the shapes of hearts? Or even five-sided stars? And many other truly wild and intricate combinations of patterns!
Even more interesting are some of the repeating numerical patterns in the solar system, be it by their orbits around the sun, or their distances from each other, or even their difference in sizes… all tend to be in factors of certain specific numbers! Who knew? (Well… author John Martineau did!)
Since bringing this book regularly into the bookstore, we have found people love not only this book, but dozens of other little books like these in the Wooden Books Bloomsbury publishing series, covering many scientific, esoteric, and other philosophical matters. Small and compact but packed full of great easy-to-understand information that easily soaks into the memory, these are sure to be great stocking stuffers and make excellent presents not only to friends, but to yourself, as well!
Truly, the universe is a beautiful thing!
Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.